Saturday, 17 November 2012


I have just purchased my year's supply of booze to take down with me.
Things have changed and these days there are strict restrictions on how much booze you can take to Antarctica and how much you are allowed to consume. Two standard drinks a day is considered a safe consumption of alcohol. On the up side, there has been a 100 year tradition of brewing beer in Antarctica and at each station a brew master is appointed and all hands get together to bottle the brew. Brew masters experiment with many new and exotic boutique blends throughout the year to supplement our booze rations. The formula used in the Divisions drug and alcohol policy is as follows;

From the Drug and Alcohol Policy

4.7.4 Alcohol consignments:

An expeditioner may send south, as consigned personal effects, a supply of alcohol based on the number of fortnights an expeditioner is at a station where a fortnight’s supply of alcohol does not exceed:
  • 1 carton of beer or cider; or
  • 4 bottles of wine; or
  • 1 bottle of spirits, port or liqueur.

Using these guide lines I have ordered the following booze to take down;

78 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon
1 bottle of triple sec (For cocktails night)
1 bottle of Jim Beam Black Label
2 bottles of Bombay Sapphire Gin
3 bottles of Vodka
1 bottle of Midori (For cocktails night)
1 bottle of Angostura Bitters
72 cans of Red Bull

All booze is purchased duty free and is locked up in Fort Knox and a weekly ration is issued once a week. To give you an idea of how much we are being ripped off, 1 bottle of Jim Beam Black Label cost me $17.85 for a liter bottle. ($39.95 for 700ml bottle in a shop) The Aurora Australis is a dry ship on the trip down and back.


  1. If you dont drink it all do they charge you Duty to bring it back!! LOL

  2. What do you mean if he doesn't drink it all? hehehe.

  3. You can't bring it back and in 100 years I don't think this situation has ever occurred :)
    I'd be selling it to the incoming crew !!

  4. Save it up for a good session once a week